Loss of habitat

Masked Lapwing chicks orphaned in Byron Bay

Meet Fee and Fi, they are Masked Lapwing chicks currently in WIRES care after mum was killed by a car at Byron Bay. Fee and Fi were very young, cold, wet and calling loudly for mum and dad when they came into WIRES care and were immediately placed in intensive care. Masked Lapwings (or plovers …

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Goshawk trapped on barbed wire

WIRES volunteer Deborah had the heartbreaking experience of rescuing a Goshawk off barbed wire a few days ago.Sadly thousands of animals die each year in the cruellest of circumstances due to barbed wire. These entanglements often leave members of the public and rescuers distressed due to the severity of the injuries to wildlife.All species of …

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Alstonville High School industrial arts students presents WIRES NR with 3 nesting boxes.

After setting up an information stall at Alstonville High School Wellbeing day earlier this year, WIRES volunteer Julie was invited to the school last Wednesday, where she was presented with 3 nesting boxes made by the industrial arts students.    A huge thank you to Sarwood timbers at Wollongbar for donating the timber to the school, …

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Noisy miner chicks reunited with parents

Spring is just around the corner, and the first baby birds to come into WIRES care in the Byron Shire were found on the ground by Lea last Thursday. The sibling Noisy miners spent a couple of days in care with WIRES volunteer Deb. They were hydrated and fed whilst being monitored for any injuries; …

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Woompoo Fruit-doves in care

Last Thursday 3 Wompoo Fruit-doves were rescued from Clunes, Lismore and Evans Head. All were found on the ground suffering from concussion after window strikes, one was then found by a dog. Wompoo Fruit-doves rarely come into care as they selectively feed on a variety of rainforest fruits that are more common in well-developed rainforests …

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Carnage on the road for ducks.

This week WIRES Northern Rivers has rescued 20 Australian Wood ducklings, all orphaned because the parent birds and siblings were run over as they crossed the road, or were feeding on the side of the road.Breeding season for Australian Wood ducks is September to November in the South, but in our local area of Northern …

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Its Puggle time again!

This time of the year female Echidnas may be carrying either an egg or a very small echidna in her pouch.Echidnas do not actually have a permanent pouch; instead they have contracting muscles in their abdomens, which forms a pouch-like fold. As both male and female echidnas can form a pouch in this way, it …

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Topknot pigeons in care

At this time each year in the Northern Rivers area, you may see large flocks of birds traversing the countryside. They can be observed feeding in the upper forest canopy, hanging from branches, often upside-down, flapping their wings loudly to keep balance. These birds are Topknot Pigeons, they are frugivorous, feeding on small native fruits, …

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Tawny frogmouth in care after dog attack

Back in early March a Tawny frogmouth was rescued after being attacked by a dog at Doubtful Creek. He had lost most of his tail feathers and was unable to fly.When he was first rescued he was traumatised and in shock. He would need to be in care till his tail feathers had grown back.WIRES …

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Royal Spoonbill reunited after falling from nest

On Monday 16 May John arrived at work to find a baby Royal Spoonbill on the ground. It had fallen from its nest located high up in a very tall pine tree.The school where John works is near Alstonville Vet Clinic so he bundled the little one up and took it there to be examined.Fortunately, …

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